The Lauder Institute’s Africa Symposium is a new setting for in-depth conversations among a diverse gathering of business leaders, practitioners, policy makers, and academics who are at the forefront of a dynamically changing continent.

Our theme this year will focus on the Future of Work in 21st Century Africa. We will explore:

  • New industries
  • The careers of the future
  • Education and training
  • Entrepreneurship and the African hustle
  • Investment and infrastructure
  • Adaptation and response after COVID-19

The virtual event will feature speakers who will share their insights, tools, and assessments of key drivers behind the continent’s vibrant entrepreneurship, innovative financing, and integrated economic and social development.

Keynote Address

Ms. Aya Chebbi

African Union Special Envoy for Youth


Ms. Aya Chebbi, a multi award-winning Pan-African feminist. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. Over the span of the past decade, she has single handedly transformed the youth participation space across Africa and created various online and offline platforms with a holistic focus on youth and women leadership. From running an award winning blog Proudly Tunisian and a popular Mentorship Programme Y-PHEM to building Afrika Youth Movement, one of Africa’s largest pan-African youth-led movements and Afresist, a multimedia platform documenting youth work in Africa.

She currently serves at the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, the Council of the Africa Public Health Foundation and one of the Leaders for Generation Equality campaign. She is a graduate of University of Tunis El Manar with Bachelor in International Relations and Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholar for her Masters in African Politics at SOAS, University of London. She received 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was named in Forbes’ Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women and New African Magazine List of 100 Most Influential Africans.


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